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post #1576 of 3971
I love both those watches. You really can't go wrong, both are terrific representations of the brands. I would personally go BLNR as well simply because a) it will be easier to get the IWC for cheaper down the road, it won't hold its value as well, and b) the Rolex is more versatile, important if you are going 3-5 years between purchases.

My .02
post #1577 of 3971
BLNR hands down IMO. Beautiful and versatile watch. May be my next Rolex.
post #1578 of 3971
BLNR all the way, @AriGold. Good to see you posting here again btw smile.gif
post #1579 of 3971
Yep, I would like to be associated with the words of the last speaker
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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post

Guys I am absolutely torn as to which watch I should get next (considering my interval for buying watches is probably around 3-5 years per watch!)

I currently own an Omega Speedmaster sapphire sandwich as my daily wearer.


Option A: Rolex BLNR
Option B: IWC Portuguesier Automatic 7-Days (ref: 5007 with updated ceramic components and double barrel spring)

Love the Rolex BLNR and also love the 7 day movement of the IWC. They are completely different watches and I hope to own both one day. I can get a good price on the IWC (under $9,500) or an OK price on the Rolex BLNR ($9,000) OR wait 6-12 months to get an even better price on the Rolex BLNR ($7,800) through a dealer.


What to do what to do? I live in the tropics right now so worried that excessive sweating isnt great for a leather strap's longevity.

 

I wish I had that problem.  :)  I'm not a big modern Rolex fan (LOVE older Rolex references and wish they'd do tribute watches even though they'd bankrupt and I'd resort to becoming a male stripper to get them), but I have to say BLNR here.  Something about the IWCs leave me wanting a bit.  I'm also not a fan of the size of the size, though compared to other references it's not as bad, and I don't like power reserve registers on watches (OK, I like anything on a Lange, but generally speaking).  

 

As @robw noted, I would also consider waiting for the BLNR if that's what it takes to save $1000 on the BLNR.  Also as @tigerpac noted, I have seen some on the grey market recently that were discounted.  And as @tricky noted, you can change to a strap on the Speedmaster.  In fact you can even lose the bracelet on the BLNR from time to time.  I was looking online and someone had a Camille Fournier custom made strap that was made out of sailcloth on a dive watch.  If you created your own strap on their site you can even choose the strap thickness which is nice option. 

post #1581 of 3971

I'm another biased BLNR owner, love mine so that's my recommendation. I do like the IWC but find it a big too big.

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post #1583 of 3971
Folks, forgive my watch-noob question. I'm looking to buy my first "real" watch. A few buddies recommended I look at Frederique Constant. I've done some brief research on my own and have come to the conclusion that their automatic watches are a good value. Agree, disagree?

Just to make sure, automatic means the watch doesn't need a battery and is powered through body movements, correct?
post #1584 of 3971
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On a side note, it's your money, but is it really worth paying 1000+ to get 6 to 12 months more wear out of the Rolex? I would give that some thought too.
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As @robw
 noted, I would also consider waiting for the BLNR if that's what it takes to save $1000 on the BLNR.  Also as @tigerpac
 noted, I have seen some on the grey market recently that were discounted.  And as @tricky
 noted, you can change to a strap on the Speedmaster.  In fact you can even lose the bracelet on the BLNR from time to time.  I was looking online and someone had a Camille Fournier custom made strap that was made out of sailcloth on a dive watch.  If you created your own strap on their site you can even choose the strap thickness which is nice option. 

Was thinking similarly, that if i do opt for the BLNR I should wait. It's really not worth paying an extra 1.5k to have it now vs. potentially up to a year later. It really makes more sense to be patient. I'm just itching to get one hahaha:D

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Thanks for the heads up - great prices there! but unfortunately i'm outside of the US. I think given the price differential it makes more sense to buy new - anyone share that view?
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IWC for me! I cannot get my straps to wear out quickly enough so I can buy another strap! LOL

lol if you lived on the equator you'll have no problems with strap replacement cycles! nod[1].gif
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I would also ask if you have tried both on and if one made you smile more than the others.  That can often be a more important factor than any advice we could give you.  In the end, whatever you don't get this time you could add it to your list of "Must haves" for the future. Wishing you luck with whatever you decide. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Here is a quick photo to help you decide.



Greaaaaat piece there Dino! And great advice on trying it on. I've tried on both and honest can really see myself wearing both so perhaps it more a matter of time (i.e. 5 years lol)

'The versatility of the GMT is its best selling point, whether you're in the office or on an adventure you pretty much have all bases covered.

But that movement of the IWC with the new ceramic components and the fact that the 7 day power reserve will allow me to wear it as an occasional piece (i.e. twice a week) without winding/wearing and not having to set the time is awesome.


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I'm another biased BLNR owner, love mine so that's my recommendation. I do like the IWC but find it a big too big.


I personally don't mind the IWC size since I'm 6'2" and 200lbs lol but I know what you mean, it's definitely not your classic dress watch size
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that's a sick piece cyc!

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BLNR all the way, @AriGold. Good to see you posting here again btw smile.gif

haha good call Frank, i love the BLNR and good to hear from you too biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by bigbadbuff View Post

I love both those watches. You really can't go wrong, both are terrific representations of the brands. I would personally go BLNR as well simply because a) it will be easier to get the IWC for cheaper down the road, it won't hold its value as well, and b) the Rolex is more versatile, important if you are going 3-5 years between purchases.

This is probably my main consideration in getting the rolex first, I think chances are that the BLNR will hold its value very well, while I probably can get a second-hand IW5007 down the road in excellent condition and perhaps an even nicer discount than the price I have today. While I love the look of the IWC, however, (I know many may look down on this), but I like the fact that Rolex has a certain cache attached to it. I would love to be able to say that I've finally gotten myself a Rolex.... before moving onto other fine things biggrin.gif

Really appreciate the input guys.... i'm itching for a new watch since I've already had my speedy for almost 5 years... but perhaps I'll wait for the BLNR.
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Originally Posted by rbhan12 View Post

Folks, forgive my watch-noob question. I'm looking to buy my first "real" watch. A few buddies recommended I look at Frederique Constant. I've done some brief research on my own and have come to the conclusion that their automatic watches are a good value. Agree, disagree?

Just to make sure, automatic means the watch doesn't need a battery and is powered through body movements, correct?

Automatic means that the watch is wound through your arm movement, which is moving a rotor that powers the watch.

What kind of watch are you looking for? Dress, tool, sport?
post #1586 of 3971
Trying stingray strap for first time smile.gif.
post #1587 of 3971
Never had a stringray strap before, myself. (Much as I enjoy trying different looks and swapping out straps).

How's it feel, compared to calfskin, or croc?
post #1588 of 3971
Prefer stingray for holsters.
post #1589 of 3971
@arigold: another vote for the IWC here. Full disclosure: not a Rolex fan peepwall[1].gif, but given that, a few points to consider:

- it depends on your wrist size of course, but I tried it on earlier this week and, with its curved lugs, was surprised how nice it wears (certainly not too big);
- think that it actually holds its value remarkably well in the resale market; haven't seen it drop much over the years (but take the ~$12k msrp with a grain of salt of course); and
- while the BLNR is an attractive piece, I seem them quite frequently in the wild, whereas I've only seen a handful of the 7 day Portuguese over the years. If that matters to you, it seems a little more rare.

But of course, what Dino said; go with whatever piece makes you smile more.
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- while the BLNR is an attractive piece, I seem them quite frequently in the wild, whereas I've only seen a handful of the 7 day Portuguese over the years. If that matters to you, it seems a little more rare.

Neither watch is truly rare.   I think that we need to take the rarity factory with a grain of salt with the idea that the rarity of sightings in the wild is somewhat dependent on where you live. Rolex is probably the mostly commonly seen "Nice watch."  However, at least in my region of the States I've yet to see another person wearing a BLNR.  I'm sure if I went to LA, NYC, Vegas, or even Boston etc...I'd see some over the course of a few days.  I find this to be true of Pateks, APs, VC. Lange,  I'm far more likely to see several of those in just a few days in a big city than I am in my local area over the course of a few months. 

 

So depending on where Ari lives, he may or may not see some BLNRs or Portugusers in any given month.

 

Personally, I never mind seeing someone wearing the same as me.  As I've said before, I just think to myself, "Damn, that guy has good taste!" ;) 

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